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Feminism

Workshop on Women’s Studies Discusses Feminism, Hijab and Objectification of Women

Exploring themes as important in today’s world as feminism, the neo-liberal and radical kinds of it, capitalism and how it exploits women’s labor, a nine-day workshop was held in Qom, Iran at the University of Religions and Denominations. This program was organized by the international department of URD by the joint efforts of the Director General of the International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Mahdi Salehi and the Director of International Short Courses, Dr. Zahra Sharif.

Op-ed

How A Society That Roots For White Male Underdogs Created Incel Subculture

Hell hath no fury like a single cis-het white man scorned. The Context One of the more dangerous trends to arise in recent years is characterized by the public sympathizing with and analyzing evil, sociopathic men. Specifically, ones that have targeted women. This is made evident by television’s overwhelming coverage of serial killers like Ted Bundy and Jeffrey Dahmer, as well as Star Wars fans’ affinity for Kylo Ren that extends past just liking him “as

Feminism

Why Women’s Issues are Political Issues

Recently, I accepted a position as a committee chair for the honors newsletter at my university. We had our first meeting, and I found out that all of my writers are men. This did not intimidate me. In fact, it made me feel even more in charge than I’d already felt. I led the meeting and held the attention of my writers the entire time. It was empowering. However, as the meeting began to end

Real Life

Quoting John Lennon in Your Instagram Bio Isn’t Enough – Activism Through Social Media

In 2018, all the information in the world is at our fingertips. The news is a quick tap away, or even the flash of a notification; in an instant, millions of people know the most recent event or decision. With social media, millions have the opportunity to have an audience. Their audience may be their Grandma, or it may be 500,000 people that they have never met. There many benefits of social media in activism.

Feminism

What These Pakistanis Girls Wish To Do If They Were Boys For A Day Might Shock You

Some time ago in a poll on my Instagram story, I asked Pakistani girls from among my followers a simple question: what they would do if they were to be guys for 24 hours and why. The results did not shock me, and I could relate to almost all of the answers. One respondent from Rawalpindi, Rameen, said: “Get out of my house and walk around the neighborhood.” And that, very plainly, is the reality

Op-ed

Why We Still Need Social Justice

It’s almost 2019, and with all the progress that has been made towards representation, equality, and human rights, some people (namely those who are white, straight and/or cis) have been wondering whether or not the fight for social justice is even necessary anymore in the U.S. While it’s true that America has come a long way, even in the last half century, we are still far from the finish line of a society where everyone

Op-ed

Why “It’s A Very Scary Time” For Cis-Het White Men

In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings and eventual judicial confirmation to the United States Supreme Court, America has been left with many mingling emotions. However, the dominant and most concerning feeling, according to President Trump, is fear. Which is undoubtedly a strange and terrible new sensation for cisgender heterosexual white men. It’s evident that our country’s biggest issue isn’t men being chauvinists and rapists. No, the problem is women degrading the character of men

Feminism

Feminism vs. Hyperfeminism In Pakistan: Where to Draw the Line?

I recently came across an Instagram post by a popular feminist page in Pakistan, and this is what its caption said: “From university campuses to mosques… where is a girl free of the moral police, pray tell?” This is what got me thinking that we urgently need to have a debate about whether or not this comparison is valid. Personally, I don’t consider the above mentioned argument valid and don’t agree with the claim

Politics

This Is Why Women Are So Afraid to Speak Out

The Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testimony has sparked countless debates, conversations and disagreements, each of them with the identical question at hand: Is Dr. Ford to be believed or not? As a result of the established inquiry, numerous amounts of people — celebrities included — have taken to Instagram and Twitter where they have been sharing their opinions on the matter, executing the hashtag #WeBelieveHer. Well-known stars of hit TV shows The Vampire Diaries and

International

Tanzania’s Presidents Tells Citizens To Throw Away All Forms of Birth Control

Last Sunday, September 9th, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was speaking at a public rally in Meatu when he said: “I see no reason to control births in Tanzania”. He then continued to explain that because education is now free, women could “throw away their contraceptives”. This is very surprising since the country has such high levels of HIV and other STDs. Magufuli, who started off his presidency strong and loved by the people has now

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